Tilburg University education

Immigration procedure for Non-EU students before arrival

This section provides you with all the necessary information on immigration matters before your arrival in The Netherlands.

Information: changes due to coronavirus

Entry visa

To enter the Netherlands for study purposes, nationals from most countries need a visa. Once in the Netherlands, a residence permit is often required. An entry visa is a sticker which is placed in your passport at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your own country (or the country in which you legally reside), but you must apply for it well in advance.

Residence permit

A residence permit looks like a credit card and proves that you are residing legally in the Netherlands. You are obliged to obtain a residence permit if you are a citizen of a non-EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you would like to stay in the Netherlands for a period of more than three months.

The residence permit allows you to travel to all Schengen countries and back to the Netherlands as often as you want, while it is still valid. A residence permit will be issued for the duration of student’s study program. Depending on the purpose of your stay, the validity may be for a longer or shorter period of time.

Immigration fee

However, you will be charged a fee for your visa and/or residence permit. To simplify the procedure for you, you can pay this fee directly to the Immigration Team and they will transfer it on your behalf to the Dutch Immigration Service. All services of the Immigration Coordinators are free.

I already have a Dutch residence permit

Students who already have a Dutch residence permit issued for the purpose of 'study' can keep using this residence card. However, TiU has to inform the Dutch Immigration Service about your change of educational institution. If this applies to you, please contact the Immigration Coordinators by email and include a copy of the front and back of your Dutch residence card. You will be informed about the procedure subsequently. 

Students who already have a valid Dutch residence card permit issued for the purpose other than 'study', please send an email to the Student Administration with a copy of the front and back of your Dutch residence card.

Application for verification against EU community law (proof of lawful residence)

If you are a family member of an EU / EEA or Swiss citizen and you wish to live together with your family member in the Netherlands (and you do not have an EU / EEA or Swiss nationality yourself), you can submit an application for verification against EU law to obtain an EU residence document for the purpose of staying with an EU citizen (your sponsor). For more information, click here: Verification against EU law (ind.nl)

Immigration procedure at Tilburg University for Non-EU students

Step 1: Pay the Dutch immigration fee through an online payment system
Step 2: Complete your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld